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121  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How i do Ham Radio with the 2350 on: November 05, 2013, 02:14:21 pm
Jim, now u probably can see where I grounded from the mirror.  But also ran gnd from door frame.  Coax also runs thru door.

Denny
122  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How i do Ham Radio with the 2350 on: November 05, 2013, 02:11:01 pm
Jim, here you go. 
123  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How i do Ham Radio with the 2350 on: November 04, 2013, 05:46:08 pm
Will do Jim tomorrow.
Denny
124  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How i do Ham Radio with the 2350 on: November 03, 2013, 09:45:23 pm
Jim ...  Mirror mounts are regular type that can be had at any hamfest or ham dealer.  I just am using longer "U bolts" which I got at the local hardware store.  To prevent damage to the mirror mount arm, I just simply wound some heavy wire wrap around the  U Bolts.  Here again, one could use his imagination to protect the arm.

Denny
125  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How i do Ham Radio with the 2350 on: November 03, 2013, 09:04:05 am
Aah yes Dick, its a challenge for sure.

You must have different mirrors than mine.

Pretty easy for us to run out of cell bars as we do mostly national forests, blm other dry camping areas way off hi ways.  The SW is the worse for bars.  Wy mountains not much better.  So for emergencies pactor is a must.

My radio is mounted above the swivel chair. Also small desk for computers there also.
Denny
126  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How i do Ham Radio with the 2350 on: November 03, 2013, 08:07:43 am
Skipper, the radio is a ft857 and the antenna is the matching ATAS.
Under it is a SCS modem to send Pactor Emails when we don't have any cell bars which is quite frequently.
Ran coax thru the doors.
Grounded antennas both to mirrors, (actually found a bare spot under each mirror), and to a convenient bolt on the door frame.

I can post more pics if u like. 

I don't do a lot of radio, as we are usually quit busy most times, but I like to do pactor and PSK.  Don't like voice so much anymore.  Mostly digital and CW.   

The 2m/440 antenna on the drivers mirror is used mainly for communicate between vehicles when my ham buddy is traveling with us. 

Otherwise the Kenwood D700 is used for GPS Tracking via APRS to show our kids, in real time, where their parents are.   Heart Shower
127  Main Forum / General Discussion / How i do Ham Radio with the 2350 on: November 02, 2013, 09:39:31 pm
Antennas are always a challenge on any vehicle, and ham radio antennas on PC 2350 is no ex exception.

After successfully getting this antennae system to work properly, comes the problems and issues of mounting the radios in a convenient location.

Below are some pics that show how I did A no holes installation.

The last photo is of a waterproof connection for external dipole.

Denny
128  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 2350 Fuel Mileage on: October 31, 2013, 09:35:42 am
Bob, usually easy math with my 2350 -- 200 miles = 20 gal.  Smile.        (No toat)

Saying that, I can also add that driving 65 with no wind or hills makes for difficult math or around 11 or better.
Conversely, hills and wind can pull it down to 9.

This maybe a question for another topic, but have anyone noticed different fuel mileages obtained from no ethanol or lower octane regulars?  I got some of my best mileage in august when traveling Wyoming, when even climbing mountains using low octane regulars, that I don't believe contains any ethanol.  Anyone else noticing that?

Denny
129  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Handling Issues on: October 31, 2013, 09:02:27 am
Tom, I also put bilstein shocks on earlier. Don't know if they made a big difference or not because I had steering dampener problems with the old OEM part. 

Did also take the buggy for a short test drive after I changed out the dampener yesterday, and the handling was good and straight.  However there was no crosswind or funny roads to check it out on.   Now its tucked away for three months.  But God willing, it should be headed to Arizona February 1st again.  Will comment after I find some good winds out there. :-)
130  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Handling Issues on: October 30, 2013, 06:51:59 pm
Continuing saga maybe?  But Monroe's made for Ford steering stabilizer, broke again, after only a few thousand miles.
 Cry    Our trip to NC and AR, I noticed my PC was acting squirrelly again.  See my previous post, where I had a Ford replacement on this SS already this summer.

Noting my handling problem returned, I was tempted to disconnect the SS when I was in Arkansas' but I didn't.  A bad SS is worse than none at all I found.  Wish now I would have, because Monroe #2 went south on me.

When I got home I ordered a Bilstein replacement instead of going for #3 Monroe.   Tested the Monroe and the out pressure was40 lbs but the in was only 19!  (They are support to be equal!

the Bilstein is not only 1.5lbs heavier, but in/out pressure is 60 lbs.

I included a couple of pics one the old and one the new.

Denny and Barb
131  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Optional Ford V-8 on: October 27, 2013, 06:11:03 pm
Yes, as Ron said, we lacked nothing in the 2350, and sometimes wonder about full timing in ours as well.  But as with Ron, we have family, friends and a church family we would dearly miss, as we do when we are in Arizona area each winter for 3months.

Just got back 2 hours ago from a 2.5 week 2200 mile trip to the Blue Ridge and Arkansas.  I would not give up this powerful V10 for its climbing ability.  We love mountains.  Wouldn't be worth it to have a smaller engine that would only save me 10%!   As one oldtimer told me just 2days ago at campground, "if your worried about fuel mileage, you maybe shouldn't be a camper.". He also said that he tells his kids who camp that you drive till you spent half your money.  Then head for home with the remaining half!  Funny

In our 2.5 weeks being out, we spent a total of $52.30 for camping fees.  Took advantage of casino, rest area, and Walmart's most of the time.
132  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 25, 2013, 11:29:34 am
Was at the southern end of the parkway just a week ago after the govern. opened up again, and traffic was real bad.  In a MH it was not the right place to be. Only spend one day driving from Cherokee to Marysville and stayed overnite  there..
133  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: "TOW Haul" feature as shown on dash and trans light keeps coming on. on: October 11, 2013, 09:01:52 am
Yes,, towing or not, this is great coming down steep grades, just leaving the engine do the breaking for you.
134  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which shocks come standard from the factory? on: October 10, 2013, 06:24:07 pm
For what it's worth, I replaced mine with Bilstein HD shocks and I think it was a waste of money.  Didn't notice any handling improvements.
135  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Hanging with the Big Dogs on: October 08, 2013, 04:53:34 pm
 Very good Ron, but only problem is when we have to pay $25+ for a campground we think it's byway robbery!    pulling hair out
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